Su-Wei Hsieh vs Sara Errani - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Third Round
Thursday February 11th, 2021 / 8:00pm EST
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Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan faces Italian Qualifier Sara Errani in the Third Round of the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne. The match is scheduled to take place on Thursday February 11th, 2021 at 8:00pm EST. They have faced each other three times over their careers with the veteran Italian winning on all three occasions. Who will win here and advance to the Round of 16?
Su-Wei Hsieh is a veteran of the WTA Tour and is currently ranked #71, a long way from her career high of #23. She is an extremely unorthodox player, using two hands on both wings and frequently using drop shots and slicing. She is an extremely unsettling player to face and can make her opponents very uncomfortable. She scored the first big upset of this event when she disissed BIanca Andreescu in the Second Round. While she has never beaten Errani before she will be confident in her great form and the fact that she is the higher ranked of the two at this stage in their careers.
Italian Sara is a Qualifier here in Melbourne and is currently ranked 134. She is a former top 5 player and has vast experience in Grand Slams. She is yet to be truly tested here so far, with relatively comfortable wins over Wang and Venus Williams, the latter mainly due to an unfortunate ankle injury. She has had a shocking loss of form throughout the past few years but seems to be back in good shape now. She is a very solid baseline player and works very hard for each point. She will be confident heading into this match but knows she will have to be at her best against such a tricky opponent.
While Errani has never lost to Hsieh, I see her losing this match. She is not the player she once was and it will be very difficult for her to keep up with the unsettling game style that her opponent is sure to play. This match has the potential to be a close one with a lot of long and intense rallies, but expect the Taiwanese player to win in the end. Su-Wei Hsieh to win in two tight sets, possibly three.